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On-Campus Programming Canceled For Remainder of 2019-20 Academic Year

April 17, 2020

Evanston, IL—The Department of African American Studies announced on Friday that it will hold no on-campus events through the end of the 2019-20 academic year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

This difficult decision was made in conjunction with Northwestern University President Morton Schapiro’s April 6 announcement that remote instruction would continue for the remainder of Spring Quarter.

Affected events include the Spring Quarter AfAm Salon and Social with Professor Brett Gadsden, the annual Graduate Student Colloquium and the End-of-Year Party. This follows last month’s decision to cancel the Leon Forrest Lecture with Imani Perry.

“This is certainly not how we planned to end the 2019-20 academic year,” said Chair Martha Biondi. “However, our number one priority during these uncertain times is the health and well-being of our students, faculty and staff. We look forward to the day when it is once again safe for us to gather together as a community.”

The department will continue to provide updates about future programming on our website at

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